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Collection Overview

Creator:
Gaillardet, Frédéric, 1808-1882
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Frédéric Gaillardet Manuscripts
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/zs25xc20n
Dates:
1836-1877
Size:
1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box B-000106
Language:
French

Abstract

Consists of several manuscripts, some of which are unpublished, by French lawyer, politician, and writer, Frédéric Gaillardet (1808-1882), including a partial manuscript draft of L'Aristocratie en Amérique (Paris, 1883) and several other manuscripts, notes, documents, and clippings, primarily relating to Gaillardet's time and travels in the United States, Canada, and Cuba from 1837 to 1848, particularly his time in Louisiana, Mississippi, and other southern states. Also included are manuscript drafts of unpublished plays and other writings.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

This collection consists of several manuscripts, some of which were unpublished, by French lawyer, politician, and writer, Frédéric Gaillardet (1808-1882), including a partial manuscript draft of L'Aristocratie en Amérique (Paris, 1883) as well as several other manuscripts, notes, documents, and clippings, primarily relating to Gaillardet's time and travels in the United States, Cuba, and Canada from 1837 to 1848, particularly his time in Louisiana, Mississippi, and other southern states. These manuscripts offer a critique of American society, and include observances of such things as the condition of Indian societies, the fractious relationship between Creoles and Anglo-Americans, and the institution of slavery.

Also included are manuscript drafts of unpublished dramatic plays and other writings.

Collection Creator Biography:

Frédéric Gaillardet (1802-1882) was a lawyer, politician, and writer, who emigrated to the United States in 1837. There, he served as a journalist, writing about French affairs for New York newspapers and American affairs for Parisian newspapers. In 1839, he became the proprietor and editor of the New-York based newspaper, Le courrier des États-Unis, which, under his direction, became the leading French language newspaper in the Western Hemisphere. Gaillardet sold the newspaper and returned to France after the 1848 Revolution in an unsuccessful attempt to obtain a seat in the National Assembly. He was elected mayor of Le Plessis-Bouchard in 1869, and was working on a memoir of his life in America, in the manner of Alexis de Tocqueville's De la Démocratie en Amérique, when he died in 1882. Parts of his memoir appeared posthumously in 1883 under the title L'Aristocratie en Amérique.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Purchase, 2016. (AM 2016-58)

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during 2016 processing.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in February 2016. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in February 2016.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Frédéric Gaillardet Manuscripts; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/zs25xc20n
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184